Scores of PTI workers have gathered at the Lahore High Court, expressing solidarity with PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan who is expected to make a court appearance today in a case pertaining to a protest outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
According to the details, the LHC has given Imran Khan the last chance to appear before it today by 5pm. Justice Sheikh in his remarks asked Imran Khan’s counsel to ensure his presence in the court.
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Earlier today, the LHC dismissed Imran Khan’s request to allow his vehicle inside the court premises. PTI chief’s legal team would again consult with Imran Khan on the matter of appearance before the court. However, following the court order, PTI leader Hammad Azhar confirmed that Imran Khan will reach Lahore High Court at 4:00pm.
Pertinent to mention that PTI fears for the security of Imran Khan who last year faced an assassination attempt. Citing security and health reasons, Imran Khan did not attend any court appearances in person, however, he requested an appearance via video link which was rejected.
چئیرمین عمران خان ہائی کورٹ پیش ہوں گے ۔
انشااللّہ 4 بجے ہائی کورٹ پہنچ جائیں گے۔ حماد اظہر pic.twitter.com/iD4RY89THU
— PTI (@PTIofficial) February 20, 2023
Moreover, there are also concerns that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) may arrest Imran Khan today. Media reports claimed that the FIA has decided to arrest Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case and a summary of the matter has been sent to DG FIA.
A four-member team has been constituted as well. The Lahore police will assist the FIA team during the arrest of Imran Khan who will then be handed over to FIA Islamabad team. A large contingent of police personnel is also deployed at the main gate of the LHC.
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Amid this backdrop, PTI workers and supporters have crowded Lahore High Court as they express their solidarity with Imran Khan. Videos from Lahore High Court are going viral on social media. PTI workers can be heard chanting slogans in support of Imran Khan.
PTI leaders are also asking workers and supporters to reach Lahore High Court for Imran Khan’s “protection”.
Lahore high court right now pic.twitter.com/FIFBuEE2Hb
— Umar Daraz Gondal (@umardarazgondal) February 20, 2023
Scenes from Lahore High Court pic.twitter.com/Wg93JUEwoM
— MNA (@Engr_Naveed111) February 20, 2023